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Dspdrew's Liometopum luctuosum Journal [167] (Discontinued)

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#1 Offline dspdrew - Posted July 9 2016 - 2:52 AM

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7-9-2016

 

I was given this colony by kellakk in a trade, since he was moving out of State.

 

Right now it's actually in a little formicarium I built years ago.

 

Here's a video of them trailing in circles around the lid of their container.

 

 

Close up pictures of a worker.

 

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#2 Offline kellakk - Posted July 10 2016 - 4:20 PM

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Hahaha nice, they love to form trails.  Good luck with them (and good luck opening that lid for feeding...)!


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#3 Offline floam90s13 - Posted July 25 2016 - 11:49 AM

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I see you're a fan of Samuel Adams. I am always so surprised when I see a picture of a formicarium with something to help put it to scale.



#4 Offline dspdrew - Posted July 25 2016 - 6:25 PM

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I see you're a fan of Samuel Adams. I am always so surprised when I see a picture of a formicarium with something to help put it to scale.

 

Oh haha, I guess kellakk must be. He gave that nest back to me along with the ants in a trade after I sold it to him a while back.



#5 Offline dspdrew - Posted July 28 2016 - 12:27 AM

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Update 7-28-2016

 

This colony went too long with no food or water, and lost quite a few workers. I now have them in one of my little founding formicariums.



#6 Offline dspdrew - Posted August 30 2016 - 12:44 AM

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Update 8-30-2016

 

Unfortunately this colony got smaller and smaller, and then the queen died.



#7 Offline YsTheAnt - Posted January 25 2018 - 12:36 PM

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Are they nocturnal fliers like limeoptum occidentale?

#8 Offline dspdrew - Posted January 26 2018 - 12:16 AM

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Not sure. The only time I found queens was at night though.



#9 Offline dspdrew - Posted June 10 2018 - 6:54 PM

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Update 6-10-2018

I just found another one of these queens on my black light next to Silverwood Lake on 5-28-2018, during a slight heatwave. I didn't update the journal at the time, because the queen did not look or behave like it was fertile, but it looks like her eggs are starting to turn to larvae.



#10 Offline dspdrew - Posted June 27 2018 - 9:28 PM

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Update 6-27-2018

Well this queen is clearly fertile now. Funny how pointy their larvae is.

 

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#11 Offline Jaraii - Posted July 8 2018 - 9:25 PM

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I believe I caught one of these in Colorado, or at least another Liometopum sp. (she looks almost identical), do you have any tips on raising these ants?

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#12 Offline EthanNgo678 - Posted July 12 2018 - 3:38 PM

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I believe I caught one of these in Colorado, or at least another Liometopum sp. (she looks almost identical), do you have any tips on raising these ants?

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I don't think they are the same genus.

Edited by EthanNgo678, July 12 2018 - 3:39 PM.


#13 Offline dspdrew - Posted July 21 2018 - 4:57 PM

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Update 7-21-2018

Well this queen ended up with lots of workers, but then a couple weeks later everything was dead.



#14 Offline dermy - Posted July 21 2018 - 7:10 PM

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Update 7-21-2018

Well this queen ended up with lots of workers, but then a couple weeks later everything was dead.

How often does this happen to you? do you think it was because you were too busy to feed them?



#15 Offline YsTheAnt - Posted July 21 2018 - 8:19 PM

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Update 7-21-2018

Well this queen ended up with lots of workers, but then a couple weeks later everything was dead.

How often does this happen to you? do you think it was because you were too busy to feed them?
Doubt it. Perhaps they were parasitized by you, dermy...

#16 Offline dspdrew - Posted July 21 2018 - 8:42 PM

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I did wait longer than usual to feed my ants, and it seems Liometopum need to eat often.


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#17 Offline Antking123 - Posted July 21 2018 - 9:17 PM

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Crap the same thing happend to me, I had caught a queen of the same species a few months ago she laid tons of eggs which I got about 50 or so workers from and then they all died for no reason. My tapinoma sessile colony also has a similar problem, but in her case she makes workers, which die, then she survives and makes another batch.    







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